Cyprus negotiators to meet on Wednesday

The negotiators of the two communities in Cyprus, Andreas Mavroyiannis and Ozdil Nami, are meeting on Wednesday, following the meeting which President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci had on Tuesday.

President Anastasiades said that the negotiators will meet with a view to put forward their proposals for the continuation of the dialogue.

The leaders are set to meet again on April 20 and May 2, 11 and 17.

The two leaders met on Tuesday, after a nearly two-month break, when Akinci walked out of the talks, claiming that a House decision to commemorate, briefly, in school a 1950 referendum advocating union with Greece was in fact a shift in the long standing position of the Greek Cypriot side for a bicommunal, bizonal federal solution in Cyprus.

President Anastasiades had described the decision “wrong”, saying the timing was not right. Akinci said he would not return to the negotiations unless the decision was revoked. The House voted last Friday on an amendment on the bill, which essentially annuls the earlier House decision.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory. UN-backed talks aim to reunite the island under a federal roof.

Source: Cyprus News Agency